Your Weekend in Combat Sports

Your Weekend in Combat Sports

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Your Weekend in Combat Sports

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As always, programming is listed in EST
Live fights are in BOLD.
Premiere programming is in ITALICS.
MMA programming is in ORANGE.
Boxing programming is in RED.
Kickboxing/Muay Thai/Karate programming is in BLUE.
Wrestling/Jiu Jitsu/Grappling programming is in PURPLE.
Misc./Combination combat sports programming is in GREEN.

 

Friday April 12

4:30am: Mark Lucas vs. Sam Solimon/Les Sherrington vs. Michael Zerafa ($14.95 Epicentre.tv)
6:00am: OneFC: Roots of Honor Prelims (Facebook/Twitter)
8:30am: OneFC: Roots of Honor (OneFC App)
9:00am: UFC 236 Weigh-Ins (ESPN+)
11:00am: Kunlun Combat Professional League: Preseason ($1.99 EliteBoxing.tv)
11:00am: 2019 UWW U15 Nationals (FloWrestling)
4:00pm: Munguia vs. Hogan Weigh-Ins (DAZN)
5:30pm: Fight To Win Pro 108 (FloGrappling)
7:30pm: Countdown to Crolla vs. Lomachenko (ESPN2)
8:00pm: Lomacheko vs. Crolla Prelims (ESPN+)
8:00pm: UFC 236 Pre-Fight Show (ESPN+)
9:00pm: Rumble in the Cage 61 ($19.99 Fite.tv)
10:00pm: Combate Estrellas II (DAZN)
11:00pm: Anthony Crolla vs. Vasyl Lomachenko/Gilberto Ramirez vs. Tommy Karpency (ESPN+)

 

Saturday April 13

9:00am: 2019 Heartland National Duals (FloWrestling)
9:15am: 2019 Journeymen/MyHOUSE World Classic & Duals (FloWrestling)
10:00am: 2019 FRECO King of the Mat (FloWrestling)
11:00am: Kunlun Combat Professional League: Preseason ($0.99 EliteBoxing.tv)
11:00am: 2019 UWW U15 Nationals (FloWrestling)
11:00am: 2019 East Region MAWA Championship (FloWrestling)
11:00am: 2019 South Region MAWA Championship (FloWrestling)
12:00pm: Battle Arena 55 ($14.99 Fite.tv)
2:00pm: Extreme Fighting Championship 78 (DAZN)
3:00pm: Enfusion Live 83 (EnfusionLive.com)
6:15pm: UFC 236 Early Prelims (ESPN+)
7:00pm: Dennis Hogan vs. Jaime Munguia/Diego De La Hoya vs. Enrique Bernache (DAZN)
7:00pm: Iron Tiger Fight Series 87 (FloCombat)
8:00pm: UFC 236 Prelims (ESPN)
8:00pm: Pyramid Fights 11 ($9.99 Fite.tv)
8:00pm: PBC on FS1 Prelims (Fox Sports 2)
9:00pm: Fusion Fight League Presents ICF 33 ($14.99 Fite.tv)
9:00pm: Rise Fight Championship 3 ($13.99 Fite.tv)
9:10pm: Christina Hammer vs. Claressa Shields/Jermaine Franklin vs. Rydell Booker (Showtime)
10:00pm: UFC 236 ($59.99 ESPN+ Pay-Per-View)
10:00pm: Caleb Truax vs. Peter Quillin/Jack Culcay vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (Fox Sports 1)

 

Sunday April 14

1:00am: UFC 236 Post-Fight Show (ESPN+)
3:00am: Pancrase 304 (UFC Fight Pass)
9:00am: 2019 Journeymen/MyHOUSE World Classic & Duals (FloWrestling)
9:00am: 2019 Heartland National Duals (FloWrestling)
11:00am: 2019 UWW U15 Nationals (FloWrestling)
11:00am: 2019 East Region MAWA Championship (FloWrestling)
11:00am: 2019 South Region MAWA Championship (FloWrestling)
10:00pm: Countdown to Crawford vs. Khan (ESPN2)

 

Top-10 Viewing Options: After perhaps the worst combat sports weekend in history, the world adjusts and rebounds to stuff your goddamned fat face full of fights, forthright.

 

1. UFC 236: This is really only a two-fight card, and they’re for the scurge of the combat world, interim titles, but godDAMN, what a two-fights they are. Holy shit. Gastelum-Adesanya and Poirier-Holloway? Inject that shit between my toes.

2. Anthony Crolla vs. Vasyl Lomachenko/Gilberto Ramirez vs. Tommy Karpency: Crolla will be helplessly overmatched, but it’s still a treat to watch Loma in his prime. Added bonus: Ramirez vs. Karpency could be a bunch of fun.

3. Caleb Truax vs. Peter Quillin/Jack Culcay vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko: This is a full card top-to-bottom. I definitely prefer those over a huge main event and crap underneath. But this could be Truax’s last shot to get to a world title fight, and he’s doing it in front of his rabid home crowd. Minnesota supports their own.

4. Christina Hammer vs. Claressa Shields/Jermaine Franklin vs. Rydell Booker: It’s being advertised as the biggest women’s boxing bout in history, and I’m not willing to disagree. It very well could be, this is a gigantic freaking fight.

5. OneFC: Roots of Honor: Certainly not as big as two weeks’ ago’s Sumo Hall venture, but not as big of a letdown as most promotions’ followup cards to a giant show. Relatively solid, actually.

6. Fight To Win Pro 108: Three title fights headline an absolutely stacked F2W card this weekend. Lots of big names; Eddie Cummings, Tex Johnson, Myassa Bastos, DJ Jackson amongst them.

7. Dennis Hogan vs. Jaime Munguia/Diego De La Hoya vs. Enrique Bernache: Hogan isn’t a can, but I wish Munguia had a more game opponent, same with De La Hoya’s opponent.

8. Pancrase 304: A King and Queen of Pancrase championship each headline a solid Pancrase card.

9. Countdown to Crawford vs. Khan: Luckily the undercard is damned great because having to pay for this main event is rank.

10. UFC 236 Post-Fight Show: Well, for better or worse, thanks to not one, but TWO shitty interim titles declared, the actual title pictures get a little clearer.

 

4×5: Every week, UCS’s Luke Irwin will list his Top-5 bouts in each of the four major different combat sports that he’s looking forward to the most, regardless of any conventional criteria, merit, or logic.

 

KICKBOXING/MUAY THAI

5. Enfusion 60kg Championship: Ilias Ennahachi vs. Madani Belhaddad [Enfusion Live 82]

4. Enfusion Women’s Bantamweight Championship: Iman Barlow (c) (90-6-3) vs. Delphine Guenon [Enfusion Live 82]

3. Flyweight Muay Thai Super Series Bout: Lerdsila Phuket Top Team (188-31-5) vs. Momotaro (27-9-1) [OneFC: Roots of Honor]

2. Welterweight Muay Thai Super Series Bout: Ognjen Topic (32-21-2) vs. Saemapetch Fairtex (119-15-1) [OneFC: Roots of Honor]

1. Light Heavyweight Kickboxing Super Series Bout: Andrei Stoica (49-12) vs. Ibrahim El Bouni (37-7-1) [OneFC: Roots of Honor]

 

BOXING

5. Light Heavyweight Bout: Gilberto Ramirez (39-0) vs. Tommy Karpency (29-6-1) [Top Rank on ESPN]

4. WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship: Jaime Munguia (c) (32-0) vs. Dennis Hogan (28-1-1) [Golden Boy on DAZN]

3. IBF Super Middleweight Title Eliminator: Caleb Truax (30-4-2) vs. Peter Quillin (34-1-1) [PBC on FS1]

2. IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO World Women’s Middleweight Championship: Christina Hammer (c) (24-0) vs. Claressa Shields (8-0) [Showtime Championship Boxing]

1. WBA Super/WBO World Lightweight Championships: Vasyl Lomachenko (c) (12-1) vs. Anthony Crolla (34-6-3) [Top Rank on ESPN]

 

MMA

5. Light Heavyweight Bout: Eryk Anders (11-3) vs. Khailil Rountree Jr. (7-3) [UFC 236]

4. OneFC Strawweight Championship: Yosuke Saruta (c) (19-8-3) vs. Joshua Pacio (13-3) [OneFC: Roots of Honor]

3. OneFC Featherweight Championship: Martin Nguyen (c) (11-3) vs. Jadambaa Narantungalag (14-5) [OneFC: Roots of Honor]

2. Interim UFC Middleweight Championship: Israel Adesanya (16-0) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (15-3) [UFC 236]

1. Interim UFC Lightweight Championship: Dustin Poirier (24-5) vs. Max Holloway (20-3) [UFC 236]

 

GRAPPLING/WRESTLING

5. 200lb Black Belt No-Gi Bout: Nick Calvanese vs. Tim Williams [Fight To Win Pro 108]

4. 185lb Black Belt Bout: DJ Jackson vs. Murilo Santana [Fight To Win Pro 108]

3. Fight To Win Pro Women’s Black Belt Strawweight Championship: Pati Fontes (c) vs. Myassa Bastos [Fight To Win Pro 108]

2. Fight To Win Pro Black Belt Heavyweight Championship: Tex Johnson vs. Gutemberg Periera [Fight To Win Pro 108]

1. Fight To Win Pro Black Belt Featherweight No-Gi Championship: Eddie Cummings (c) vs. William Wolk [Fight To Win Pro 108]

 

 

Bold, Yet Probably Fruitless Predictions: A man who actually wants to wager on fights after last week’s barren debacle is eager to take that L.

 

Best Fight of the Weekend: Dustin Poirier vs. Max Holloway
Most Underrated Fight of the Weekend: Gilberto Ramirez vs. Tommy Karpency
If My Life Depended on One Pick: Vasyl Lomachenko over Anthony Crolla
Best Card Top-to-Bottom: UFC 236
Upset of the Week: Ovince Saint Preux over Nikita Krylov
Most Disappointing Fight of the Weekend: Christina Hammer vs. Claressa Shields

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